The Land is My Chief: Tyrone Tootoosis Sr.

The Land is my Chief.

“The thoughts I shared today were not mine. We have been gently reminded of these ways of knowing our Elders in each of our Indigenous languages since time immemorial. What I said was a pitiful and humble effort to remind these people about the Law of Circular Interaction, that the health of the people, that the waters, the streams, creeks and rivers that give life to all living things are no different than the veins in our bodies, as we are an embodiment of Mother Earth. But I do not know yet how we can create a tangible understanding of this altruism to a people whose values and beliefs are founded in a language of self-interests and disconnection to the spirit of life, now and in the future.

“Recently, our people agree to Peace Treaties, and we promised to live in peace with these landless people. But, we did not promise that we would not defend the land, we did not promise that we would not defend the unborn.

The Land is my Chief.

Tyrone Tootoosis Sr.

On his comments at the FSIN nuclear waste management information session in Prince Albert, February 22, 2013.

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